Parent Participation at Sunshine Heights Primary School

Involvement by Parents and Carers helps children achieve the best possible learning outcomes. The supportive school community at Sunshine Heights Primary School is able to participate in their child’s school life, both formally and informally, through such opportunities as:

 

A member of School Council:

 

If you are interested in becoming involved in the decision making processes at the school you may like to join our School Council or one of its sub-committees. Elections for School Council are conducted in Term One (1) each year. Meeting times are published in the Newsletter.

 

The School Council is responsible for providing policy direction for the school. It is responsible for developing a Strategic Plan that outlines the goals for the school over the next four (4) years. Copies of the School Strategic Plan are available from the office.

 

The School Council comprises 9 non-Department parent members, 5 Department of Education and Early Childhood employee members, 1 optional community co-opted member.

 

All parents are welcome at attend Council meetings. Parents are notified of forthcoming meetings through the school newsletter. The minutes of each meeting of the School Council are available on request and provide a further avenue through which parents are able to learn about the general school organisation.

 

As a legal agent of the Government, the School Council is accountable in two main senses:

  • In the familiar sense of accounting for the expenditure of finance and
  • In the other sense of being accountable to you, the parents, for its stewardship of the school.

 

2017 School Council Members

A member of a School Council Sub-committee:

At the direction of the School Council, committees are formed for specific purposes. Membership is drawn from the Council and the school community. Sub-committees are formed throughout the year and parents are encouraged to volunteer their time to become members of these committees.

 

Regular meetings of sub-committees are held and parents are notified of forthcoming meetings and agendas through the school newsletter.

 

The following Committees have been established:

  • Buildings & Grounds

The Buildings and Grounds Sub-Committee provides advice to School Council on development of the buildings and grounds. In addition, it oversees a maintenance and minor works program and organises working bees each term.

 

  • Finance

The role of the Finance Sub-Committee is to:

  1. develop the school’s annual budget with the help of the principal
  2. ensure that the annual budget supports the school strategic plan
  3. present the recommended budget to council for approval and adoption
  4. regularly monitor and report to council on progress against the budget
  5. ensure there is an adequate internal control system to promote operational efficiency and to minimise financial risk
  6. ensure that the school has an appropriate investment policy and that this policy is approved by council annually
  7. monitor the status of investments (if any)
  8. assist in the completion of the Summary of Financial Commitments which is required by DEECD annually, and in determining the level of uncommitted reserves
  9. make recommendations to council on fund-raising activities and liaise with the school
  10. groups concerned with these activities
  11. where required, assist in the completion of school tenders e.g. cleaning contracts, waste removal contracts, school council building contracts
  12. review the annual audited financial statement and the auditor’s report and assist with follow-up where appropriate
  13. assist the principal in ensuring that the school operates to a balanced budget and that all liabilities and financial commitments are brought to account in the relevant year.


  • Fundraising

The Fundraising Group work in cooperation with the school council and the Principal to raise funds for the benefit of the school. Information regarding Fundraising events and money raised will be placed the newsletter.

 

A member of the Parents and Friends Group

 

The purpose of the Parents and Friends Group include:

  • Supporting parents and families in connecting with the whole school community. This includes focusing on new families to the school and Prep parents.
  • Supporting the ‘Fundraising Team’ by volunteering time and energy when required.
  • Supporting the whole school community with seeking volunteers to work both in the classroom and during special events for the benefit of the students. This also includes volunteering own time.

 

The Parents and Friends Group meet twice a term. Information and events regarding the Parents and Friends Group will be placed in the school newsletter.

 

Opportunities are also available for parents who wish to volunteer, helping in school activities like special school events, and assistance with reading and mathematics programs. This also includes:

Working Bees - Held to maintain our attractive grounds.

Classroom Administration - Typing, reading, learning activities, covering aids and books in the classroom and particularly the library.

 

The support of parents and carers is greatly appreciated and welcomed, by the whole school community at Sunshine Heights Primary School

 

Working with Children Check

 

As of the 30th December 2007 all adults who work with children are required to hold a Working with Children Check (WWC). The WWC check is a Victorian Government initiative designed to keep children safe by preventing those who pose a risk to the safety of children from working with them, in either paid or volunteer work. The WWC check creates a mandatory minimum checking standard across Victoria. It is a requirement that all parents who work within the school in a volunteer or paid capacity hold a current WWC check.

 

Please refer to the following link for further information: http://www.justice.vic.gov.au/workingwithchildren